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Essays and articles on Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism at Ryuei.net by the Rev. Michael McCormick, an American Buddhist minister who was ordained at Mount Minobu Kuon-ji in Japan and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.

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   How To Read Ryuei.net Preview Go
Not sure where to begin? Whether you are a beginner or are advanced, whether Theravada or Mahayana, or just want to understand the differences between Christianity and Buddhism, this page gives Ryuei's suggested reading by topic.
   The Teaching of all Buddhas Preview Go
Recently I was asked: “What are the fundemental beliefs of Buddhism? Where would a person who is interested in learning about Buddhism start?” This is a question that has been asked for more than 2,500 years, ever since the Buddha and his disciples started wandering around India....
   Mahayana Sutra Studies Preview Go
Commentaries on the Heart Sutra, the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, the Flower Garland Sutra, the Lotus Sutra and more...

   History of the Hokke Shu Preview Go
The Rev Ryuei's book length History of Nichiren Buddhism and the Hokke (Lotus Sutra) Schools descended from Nichiren Shonin and his disciples.
   Ryuei.net Preview Go
The extensive writings of Nichiren Shu's Rev. Ryuei Michael McCormick, asst minister of Myokakuji Betsuin Buddhist Temple in San Jose and chief minister of the Faithful Fools Buddhist Sangha in San Francisco.
   Three Great Hidden Dharmas Preview Go
This was given as a follow-up speech to the talk on the basic Buddhist teachings of the Three Refuges & the Threefold Training which Ryuei gave at our temple's first open house in 1999.
   Buddhism in America Preview Go
While Buddhism is a very small (only .5%) in the USA, it is divided along lines of national origin, ethnicity, education, class & sectarian affiliation... There is no one form of Buddhism in the USA, but rather a plurality of different forms of Buddhism which have only recently begun to interact, but for the most part they keep to themselves.
   The DaiGohonzon of Taisekiji Preview Go
An essay by Ryuei exploring the key historical & doctrinal differences between NShu & NShoshu: including the Two Transfer Documents, the DaiGohonzon, and Nichiren's identity.
   Chanting Nam or Namu? Does it really matter? Preview Go
There is no appreciable difference, but many people have wondered why some people chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo & others chant Namu Myoho Renge Kyo. Even in the groups that primarily chant "Nam," they also chant "Namu" when doing three prolonged Odaimoku (Daimoku Sansho or Hiki Daimoku). Actually, the whole Nam or Namu controversy is really a non-issue....
   Openness and Compassion: A Heart Sutra Commentary Preview Go
"This essay was based on a presentation I gave at a Unitarian Church in Philadelphia during the time when I was practicing with the Won Buddhists and before I joined the Nichiren Shu. Rev. Bokin Kim had asked me to go there to represent Buddhism at an interfaith meeting that was being held."

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